Archive for June, 2015

Cruisin’ With The Dolphins!

Cruisin’ With The Dolphins!

I am sure the first thought one has when seeing this post title is: …. Sports! and the Miami Dolphins!

However, one would be wrong!

True, I am a sports fanatic, not for the Miami Dolphins…but the Kansas City Chiefs!

No, this post is about real dolphins…Flipper if you will. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week, the Captain and I decided to take a much needed break from making decisions on our Flip houses and take one of the many day cruises offered in our area. 

My dear “dancing friend from across the pond” and I took this very, same-day cruise last year in September/October and had a wonderful time.

So the Captain and I set off early one morning for “breakfast by the sea” and cruisin’ several of the many islands in the Gulf of Mexico!


When my English friend was here….we enjoyed our early breakfast at a cute little cafe called “RC Otters” on Captiva Island ……and I thought, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.…and so the Captain and I ate there too!


Since moving to Florida…outdoor eating has become a favorite of the Captain and I.


We then drove to the departure Marina at the South Seas Resort… (which had manatees maneuvering slowly around and about the pilings) and boarded the “Lady Chadwick” and set off for Cabbage Key and Useppa Islands.


The Captain relaxing as we head for the open waters……he is wearing one of the shirts I bought him for Father’s Day…yep! it is lime green!

Isn’t he a good sport?  That is why I luv ’em!

2015-06-26_10.20.17[1]And what a treat we had after getting under way….lots of dolphins!


There are many dolphins in Pine Island Sound as well as the Gulf of Mexico…..and the dolphins loved putting on a show in the front, sides and back of our boat.  

There were so many, I lost count but here are a few pics of these beautiful creatures.

2015-06-26_14.49.33[1]I just can’t get “enough” of dolphin watching!

2015-06-30_9-41-07There are so many little islands around Captiva Island and Sanibel Island (which are both very inhabited and frequented by vacationers)….and realizing that many of these islands are basically untouched by man, is awesome!  

By the way, Sanibel Island is rated as one of the top 5 vacation resort areas, and shelling is very popular too!  


But we are talking Cabbage Key Island today!

2015-06-30_11-21-29However, Cabbage Key Island is inhabited by the owner of the Island and his caretakers … and can only be reached by boat. Servers and cooks go to work by boat!  How cool is that?

2015-06-26_11.54.55[1]I took this pic as we were eating lunch….many, many boats kept pulling in for lunch.

2015-06-30_11-24-15This is the restaurant, Bar and Inn….

2015-06-30_11-16-05A small marina with showers and a gift shop are at the bottom of the slope. 

2015-06-30_11-15-26This is the climb-a-ble water tower (sort of like Petticoat Junction) and there are many nature trails to explore on Cabbage Key.

2015-06-30_11-18-15Tour guides will tell you that Jimmy Buffet wrote the song Cheeseburger in Paradise at the only restaurant on Cabbage Key…..and while we can attest that the char-broiled cheeseburgers are delicious…Management states the following disclaimer:

“The story that “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was written about Cabbage Key is a rumor started many years ago…something Cabbage Key, Inc. has never endorsed nor advertised. However, in the 1970’s, Jimmy Buffett did spend time at Cabbage Key before he performed a concert in Ft. Myers. Some of the Cabbage Key staff, at the time, were invited to the concert and Jimmy Buffett acknowledged the staff and then played the โ€œnewโ€ song, “Cheeseburger in Paradise.โ€ We have been making our โ€œCheeseburgers in Paradiseโ€ since the early 1970โ€™s! Thanks again for the feedback and we hope to see you again soon!”

2015-06-30_11-17-09If you, my dear readers, ever come to SW Florida, I highly recommend this little Island of Cabbage Key, which in my opinion, is a must see…. to be enjoyed and embraced for its natural beauty and eco-friendly habitat.

The Captain and I ate our lunch surrounded by beautiful skies and turquoise waters and a few other inhabitants of the Island.

2015-06-26_11.45.24[1]This is a gopher tortoise which is native to Florida and it is not a water turtle. We took pics of him as he “waddled” near our outdoor lunch table.

2015-06-26_11.59.09[1]Another visitor, was this common gecko, although there are many species all over Florida.  I have little anole geckos in my Secret Garden. They are harmless and they eat lots of mosquitoes ๐Ÿ™‚ 

2015-06-26_13.18.34[1]We had a very relaxing boat trip to the Islands, wonderful cheeseburgers and potato salad, cold, thirst- quenching drinks enjoyed at our outdoor table under the shade trees…and a scenic, enjoyable boat trip back to Captiva Island through Pine Island Sound.

And seeing the dolphins, turtles and manatees, ain’t a bad experience either! ๐Ÿ™‚




No Hopscotch with this Chalk Paint!

No Hopscotch with this Chalk Paint!

I loved playing hopscotch when I was a little girl…boy, has that been a long time ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

I find myself working or playing with chalk again as I have found a paint that is a chalk paint and I like the way it makes furniture look distressed (or not) depending on the coverage one chooses.

Last week, I showed you, my dear readers….my garage sale purchases.



I decided to use chalk paint on a table and hutch which I plan to use in one of the Flip Houses.

And I thought you might like to see the process of using this neat paint.


Yes, I love to work crossword puzzles….as you can see on my newspaper!

The paint goes a long way and if you want to use a regular paint brush you can, but I like the effect of using this round brush.

Actually, it is a lot like a simple painting….but it depends on how stressed you would like your piece to look.


The first thing one has to do is clean the piece with Simple Green cleaner. 

Jesse James is giving me moral support! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now here is the best part…..NO sanding!  Just apply the paint to any surface.


The finished furniture piece is so cool….it almost looks like a soft velvet.  (I am sure that is not an accurate description, but you get my drift) ๐Ÿ™‚


That is why I have pictures…..:) Again, the coverage depends on what you actually prefer.  A streaked look (kind of like when we were kids and we painted something) OR….to a more matte coverage.


This is not a good pic as the wall behind it is an off white too….:( 

I am not finished with this piece yet, but I couldn’t wait to show you what I have done so far.  

I still have to put a “top coat” on it, but after I have it “staged” with “stuff”, I will show you that picture too. 

I really like to paint things, anything!  It just makes rooms or furniture seem new again.

What are your thoughts on painting?

Have a great Monday!





You Don’t Write…You Don’t Call…

You Don’t Write…You Don’t Call…..

There is a line from the western movie “Dances With Wolves”…. in which an old dude stumbles upon a covered wagon of pioneers obviously attacked by Indians and all that remains is remnants of what had been.  The old dude mumbles…“Somebody back east is saying, Now Why Don’t He Write?” 

As many of my faithful readers are aware, I have been posting about Ozzie and Harriet.

It’s been a little over 1 week since Ozzie the Eagle, of “Ozzie and Harriet” fame….was released from his rehabilitation facilities……(see “featured video” in the upper right corner of my home page if you are not aware of Ozzie’s injury)… but sadly, still no sign of his return to the nest area.

Everyone, and I do mean everyone, who has followed these two majestic eagles through their mate for life experiences, are a bit concerned.

You see, a few weeks after their last two eaglets were born….(one died in the nest), Ozzie met with an accident.  

Luckily, Ozzie was found and identified and hopes were high that his “shoulder” injury (with proper care) could heal and he would be able to fly again… and he would reunite with his beloved Harriet in their nest. 

However, Harriet did not know what happened to Ozzie… and she stayed mother and father to the last eaglet which stayed with her a little longer than most eaglets would.  

E6 spreading his wingsHarriet had to fend for herself and her offspring, Eaglet 6 (E6).  

Harriet on bottom...angryAll Harriet knew was her mate was gone….she had the instinct to survive and to insure the survival of E6.  This motherly instinct overpowered her obvious sorrow over the loss of Ozzie.

Harriet defending her nestTrue to females everywhere….she became the sole provider and defender of the nest. Harriet could sense the presence of various Eagles entering her territory knowing she could fall prey to any attack.  She needed Ozzie.

HarrietDuring the 3 months of Ozzie’s rehabilitation,  Harriet scanned the skies for Ozzie daily…but there was no way to let her know that her mate was alive and being cared for in a facility not to far from their breeding grounds.

And then he came along….FV…the younger, Frequent Visitor!

Harriet and FVFans of Ozzie and Harriet’s video cam picked his name. FV….and Harriet allowed the visitation to her nest by this younger stranger. Perhaps she didn’t feel threatened as he was younger than most of the other Eagles circling above her nest.

Fans were concerned about Ozzie and on Father’s Day…a tribute was written:

“The great and mighty Ozzie deserves top honors on Fatherโ€™s Day. He has been a loyal mate to Harriet and dedicated Father to their offspring over their many years as a bonded pair. Ozzie has displayed fierceness in the protection of his family and territory along with tenderness in caring for his young. He has been an excellent provider and a master nest builder for his family.” 

Yes, Ozzie has exhibited his strong ability to persevere in the face of adversity. He supported his family through trials and tribulations in the loss of two of their Eaglets and the daily struggles of Eagle life. Ozzie became a celebrity! 

2015-06-24_12-24-56On June 17th, 2015….Ozzie was released from his rehabilitation.  He had been flying around his enclosure for several weeks with no sign of weakness in his shoulder.

2015-06-24_12-58-38This majestic eagle took to the skies as soon as the gate was opened for him and he soared to great heights.  Onlookers followed and watched as he flew to a familiar perch on a tall pole in his former territory. 

Ozzie after releaseWe wanted the reunion to happen immediately…we wanted the life long pair to see each other and fly to their nest and continue their journey together. We wanted the happily ever after.

But there has been no reunion.  Experts say to be patient.  Ozzie needs to “size” up what has been happening in his absence.

Harriet and FV continue their daily routine of hunting/fishing and light “nest”orations.

To make the wait a bit more anxious….lightening damaged the video cams and they will not be able to repaired any time soon.

There are still unknowns…but what we do know is that the great and mighty Ozzie has his freedom to soar the skies once again.  What a joy to see.

Spotters who continually watch the nest say there has been no sure sighting of Ozzie!

However, that does not truly mean that Ozzie has left his territory.

This wonderful Eagle has survived for many years relying on his instincts, just as Harriet has relied on hers.

Stay tuned as the saga of this Great Eagle Family continues.


Orange is the new black…or gray…or brown…or beige!

Orange is the new black…or gray…or brown…or beige!

Or perhaps it isn’t orange at all???? 

How about Navy Blue?

You are most likely wondering if I have started ‘fishing off the porch’ again with these “makes no sense” statements.

No, I am cool….or as cool as I can be when it comes to picking out paint colors.

Yes, my dear readers….I am picking out colors for Flip houses….and I would like your inputs.


The Captain and I have one house ready for outside paint…the inside is pretty much done, but the pool is a work in progress.

See pics of Flip 1’s pool stages (below link) if you missed those pics, and you will get the idea of the look of Flip 3 & 4’s back yards. ๐Ÿ™

The Flipโ€™s Pool

2015-06-08_10.33.20[1]Today, I am picking out exterior paint for Flip 4 (above) and also….granite or quartz or marble counter-tops for Flip 3.

Regarding Flip 4’s exterior paint…..on a bright sunny day, this house looks a very pale blueish-green gray…depending on cloud cover.  And other times it looks gray.  Look at the top of the pillar on the right and you can get a hint of green or blue.

You might think at first glance, this house does not need painting, but just a good power wash….and sometimes that is the case.

However, the sides and back of this house has paint issues, so if you are going to re-paint those areas, might as well do the front too!

We are thinking of staying in the gray color field and are looking at the following grays….so many to choose from. ๐Ÿ™


And what cha’ think of painting the two front doors a shade of navy blue for a pop of color? (Loyal Blue with a hint of teal, see below color swatch) Too much?

2015-06-24_10.29.57[1]Maybe not, as I think the doors need to make a statement….and not necessarily be “safe”.  (And no, orange did not enter my mind) ๐Ÿ™‚

However, the doors would be the only navy blueish color….the trim should most likely be white and those little “bands” that appear on many SW Florida houses could be a little darker shade of gray. Perhaps Lazy Gray for the house color and Serious Gray (see below) for the bands around the pillars and below the windows?

2015-06-24_10.29.17[1]hmmmmmmm? What are your thoughts, dear readers?

2015-06-24_08.58.31[1]We aren’t finished yet….lets talk granite!

Do you, my dear readers like any of the above counter-tops…keeping in mind the cabinets will be white with a glaze to sort of look a bit distressed or coastal or beachy? Don’t you just love my word invention? …..but I know you understand my meanings….don’t cha???

2015-06-24_10-12-34The above pic is from the custom cabinet shop….and our kitchen cabinets in Flip 3 will be similar with a few modifications!

Don’t ask how one Flip gets ahead of another Flip…sometimes it just happens that way. Some need more work than others or the Captain and I decide to rip out cabinets that we originally thought could stay!

You see, someone…I won’t mention her name, but I am sure you have guessed it is “Me”!!!!! (and you would be right)… decided the kitchen needed to have one of the entry doors to the kitchen closed off to allow for more cabinets in a very small kitchen.) This caused a delay, which is not good when one wants to get in, re-model and get out for a quick turn around. This small modification meant a complete kitchen re-design. ;(

So there you have it… dilemma of color choices on this Wednesday.

I shouldn’t be having all the fun, my friends….looking forward to what your thoughts are! ๐Ÿ™‚



When Opportunity Knocks…..

When Opportunity Knocks…..I can’t resist a bargain!

Yesterday, I did a spot check on the painter at one of our Flip houses and saw that he was doing a great job of touch-up painting around pot lights we recently installed in the kitchen area.

As I left the Flip House and went around the corner and down one block…there were several young lads moving furniture out onto the lawn.  

I also saw several cars parked helter-skelter, which is a good indication of a sale of some sort… and peeking out from under a bush was a little inconspicuous “garage sale” sign…though this was far from a simple garage sale. 

This was a moving-everything-in-the-house-out-on-the-lawn-sale!!!!

So I  came to a screeching stop,…. my eyes darting from piece to piece withering in the hot Florida sun!

Can I tell you that I jumped straight up and turned left….that is my way of saying I became very excited!

The first piece I saw was a console table and matching shelf in a hideous blonde color….but my mind was racing.  

2015-06-22_11.55.26[1]Perfect for a little girls bedroom and I could picture it painted white or pink…. and stuffed with dolls and other little “girly” things.  

By the way, I have been using this most wonderful product, called chalk paint on a few things that I have refurbished for staging furniture and I love the way this paint changes pieces of furniture!

2015-06-22_11.55.38[1]I recently used chalk paint (which is not chalk at all) on a large pig.  You see, I have had this rather large pig (actually life size for a partially grown piglet) ….for quite some time and I decided to give him a little character….and I used chalk paint and I really like the results of this paint on just about everything!  But I digress, that is a post for another time.  

I am talking bargains here, people!

2015-06-22_11.55.41[1]I next spied a table with four chairs and two extra leaves.

2015-06-22_11.55.14[1]I quickly asked a price on all the items …as by now there were shoppers everywhere…literally buying up pieces where they sat in the house, …before the young lads could move them outside.

2015-06-22_11.54.54[1]Well, actually…that was what I was doing too…that is where I found the china cabinet to match the table and chairs!

After I negotiated on asking prices with the owner, I was faced with how to put all this furniture in my convertible!

Don’t judge me friends ;)….I once went to a cattle auction (just to look) and ended up buying two…, Holstein, day-old baby calves for my twins’ 4-H project. I put them in the back seat of my car!!! (placed them on a blanket of course)

Yes, we lived on a ranch, and yes, we had cattle trailers, but the trailers were 20 miles away and I was livin’ in the here and now. 

Another story for another time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Shamelessly, I drove back to the flip house and enlisted the help of the painter and his truck…. to pick up and move the furniture into the garage of the Flip house!  (The Captain was flying, so I had to quickly think on my feet)

We are talking staging furniture here folks and I have two flip houses to “fill up” and stage!  

Hey, the guy threw in the centerpiece which was made up of birds of paradise flowers….now who could pass that up? ๐Ÿ˜‰

When opportunity knocks…one must be ready at the door with coat and hat in hand…or as in this case, a painter and his truck.

Have a great day my dear readers….I’m off to find the right color of chalk paint for my projects! 



Father’s Day

Yesterday was Father’s Day and I am sure everyone around the country celebrated with or without their fathers.

It is difficult when one’s father has passed on and it was and is always difficult for my children who idolized their dad.

They spent many happy years with their father, and those memories will always be in their hearts to remind them of the values he taught them as well as “chores” to do around a ranch as he raised them to adulthood.  


It is never easy to lose a parent…no matter what age.

And now these children are fathers too….so Happy Father’s Day to all fathers!

The following recipe has nothing to do with Father’s Day…as I segue to food. ๐Ÿ˜‰


My dear friend in Seattle…Healthy Hannah sent me a recipe a couple days ago that I have to admit I have not tried.


HH said it is low carb and it looks scrumptious…just like this trip we took up through the San Juan Islands (we lived in Seattle for almost 2 years!)

I do love fried fish ….and I will make it as soon as I find the gluten free baking mix (she says it is in most supermarkets…as well as health food stores)

So if you try this recipe, my dear readers….let me know your thoughts.

Until then…have a great and blessed start to your week! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

The printable recipe is below!




Fried Fish the Healthy Way
Serves 6
A healthy alternative to fried fish from dear friend Healthy Hannah in Seattle!
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  1. 6 fish fillets (preferably a white fish or cod)
  2. 1/3 cup gluten-free baking mix
  3. 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  4. 1/2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  5. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  7. 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  8. 3 eggs
  9. 1 tablespoon water
  10. Olive oil for frying (about 2-3 tablespoons)
  1. Wash fillets under running cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Using two shallow bowls, combine baking mix, Parmesan cheese, herb seasoning, salt, pepper and paprika on one bowl and beaten eggs and water in the other.
  3. Dredge fillets in gluten free baking mixture first and then in egg mixture
  4. Heat oil in heavy frying pan to a medium high heat
  5. Add the fish fillets and fry five minutes on each side or until done.
  1. 1 serving
  2. 224.6 calories
  3. 31.9 g protein
  4. 9.0 g fat
  5. 1.7 g net carbs
  6. Healthy Hannah did suggest using almond flour, mixed with a tbsp of coconut flour instead of the gluten free baking mix
Me and My Captain

Foray For Donuts…..

Foray For Donuts…..

Once in a while we need to “splurge” or reward ourselves for…well, for just about anything.

I can use that little saying whenever I begin to feel guilty eating something that is…well, not necessarily good for me!

First, I have to tell you that I have not visited a donut shop in ages.

Years ago, I used to take my little grand daughter (every Friday morning) to the local Daylight Donut Shop.  Sometimes we would meet up with friends and sometimes her mommy joined us. 

2015-03-08_11-23-33This is the same little grand daughter that has now become “Little Mommy”,  so that tells you how long ago the foray for donuts happened! (OK, I sneaked in a picture of my great grandson…..and my granddaughter!) 

When we went to eat “doneees”, (grand daughters term for them at the time)… it wasn’t a foray for any donut…it was for just two kinds…not eaten at the same sitting (OK, I don’t really remember that part, I could have eaten both at the same sitting)…she says demurely!

OK….enough confession!

The two types of donut: Fried Cinnamon Roll….nothing unhealthy there….and the maple long john.

A few weeks ago, a sign went up in a little strip mall just down the street from our home and it said:

Opening Soon…Dunkin’ Donuts!!!!!!!!

2015-06-19_11.17.49[1]I got so excited… I said I am not sure why, as I had not been in a donut shop in years….but I dreamed of my favorite donuts, and I started salivating.

So one morning, the Captain and I decided to search out the Dunkin’ Donut shop here in our little city and chow down on a maple long john or a fried cinnamon roll.

2015-06-18_14.12.13[1]I felt so guilty….almost like a teenager sneaking out at night with the fear of getting “caught”!

However, once we arrived, the young clerk behind the counter informed us that this Dunkin’ Donut does not have the fried cinnamon rolls AND she had never heard of a maple long john.  

She knew of maple donuts (which had already been sold out) but not my sought after treat!

2015-06-18_14.08.30[1]Well, you can imagine how disappointed I was…I had given myself permission to indulge but now there was not a single donut that would fill my craving. 

I just couldn’t settle for a confetti topped cake donut or a double chocolate.  I wanted MAPLE!!!!

2015-06-18_16-19-22So I got to thinking….everyone one of us have made donuts from a can of biscuits and then rolled them in sugar.

I also remembered that someone somewhere….sorry I can’t place who said it…but someone told me long ago that they used canned biscuits to make chocolate eclairs and stuffed them with pudding.

Well, if eclairs could be made from biscuits….so could Maple Long Johns.

2015-06-19_15.29.31[1]All I needed was a can of biscuits and a recipe for Maple glaze.


Tip:  I like to keep my extracts in a plastic covered container….that way they are always in the same place.

(The printable recipe is below, although one hardly needs a recipe to make these)

2015-06-18_16-20-20True, these tasty morsels are short bars….so I named them Maple Short-Johns. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I know, I am talented that way….NOT! 

I also made maple donuts too….and some just plain round biscuit shaped.

2015-06-18_16.13.14[1]I have to tell you that these are really good and almost as good as any donut shop….well, almost!

Now when will that Dunkin’ Donut Shop open? We need to have a talk about Maple Long-Johns!

Have a great week-end my dear readers, and give yourself permission to have that forbidden food….in moderation of course!




Maple Short-Johns
We have made "donuts" from canned biscuits...why not Long-Johns? Only these have to be called "short-Johns" because...well, just because!
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  1. 1 8-count can refrigerated biscuit dough (I use Pillsbury Grand Homestyle Buttermilk biscuits)
  2. 2 cups canola oil or vegetable oil for frying
  3. 1/3 cup butter
  4. 1 cup packed brown sugar
  5. 1/4 cup milk
  6. 2 cups powdered sugar
  7. 1 tablespoon maple extract
  1. Pour 2 cups of oil into a medium sized saucepan and begin heating on medium-low heat (you can test for the right temp by sticking the wooden handle of spoon into the oil and if tiny bubbles appear all around the handle of the wood...your oil is ready.This will be about 350 degrees.
  2. While the oil is heating, open the biscuit dough and separate each biscuit.... then stretch each piece of dough into an oblong shaped bar and set aside
  3. In a small saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar and milk bring to a soft boil while stirring to keep the mixture from getting too hot and scorching.
  4. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for about 3-4 more minutes and then sit aside to cool a bit.
  5. Add maple extract and powdered sugar (I like to add in increments to keep the mixture from lumping, you will want a smooth texture, if the glaze is too thick, you can add small amounts of milk to get desired consistency)
  6. When your oil reaches the correct temperature, carefully lower the biscuit dough into the oil. do not crowd the pan.Depending on the size of your pan of oil, two should fit nicely.
  7. Cook on each side for about 2 minutes (each side) until golden brown
  8. Drain on rack with paper towel underneath until they are cool enough for you to handle
  9. You can either dip the cooked dough/bars in the glaze or drizzle it over the top....I like it either way.
  1. You can either make the glaze first or fry the biscuit bars first. If you decide to make the glaze first, you can keep it warm by placing over a very very low heat while working with the biscuit dough. Just be sure to whisk or stir with a fork to a spreadable smooth consistency before glazing.
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Boring you with Butterflies!

Boring you with Butterflies!

I am sorry my friends if I am boring you with butterflies!2015-06-17_8-59-00

You see, when the Captain and I married…we had this Indian poem printed on the back of our wedding programs.

For those of my dear friends who attended our wedding…I am sure they will see my connection to butterflies.


So if I may….I will give you my Black Swallowtail Butterflies Update!

2015-06-17_08.19.40[1]The metamorphosis has begun as the caterpillars have/are going from being caterpillars to cocoons to beautiful butterflies!

2015-06-17_08.35.13[1]I have previously shared some of the pics with you (see link below which will show the caterpillar and egg process) and as each beautiful black swallowtail butterfly emerges, I get so excited!

Giving Up On Parsleyโ€ฆ

2015-06-17_08.17.56[1]So far there have been four butterflies (that I know of) and this morning there was another, still wet with it’s little legs clinging to the parsley plant stems….(they have been decimating the leaves for the last few weeks)….but that is ok! This is exciting!

2015-06-17_08.18.36[1]In all my years, I have not been able to witness the complete process as I have here in my Secret Garden!

2015-06-17_08.17.56[1]From egg laying to the pupa stage and to the butterfly literally spreading it’s damp wings, gaining strength and preparing to fly away.

2015-06-17_07.46.47[1]I just wanted to share the journey with you…

Have a great day and smile…you never know what of life’s experiences you will have on this fine Wednesday!




My Vices….mani and pedi!

My Vices….mani and pedi!

My dear readers….I have yet another confession to make!

I am hooked on mani’s and pedi’s!…or in everyday common language…manicures and pedicures!

You see, I have always referred to mani’s as manicures and pedi’s as pedicures.


But if one wants to be “in the know”…the terms are shortened.

Normally, I am not one to be “in the know”….actually, I am usually the last “to know” and that is just fine with me and my laid back, blind, deaf and dumb persona.   

Unless….we are talking about sports, which we are not! 

But that is a different story and a different post.


I really enjoy having a manicure and a pedicure as I leisurely sit back and peruse a magazine.

Actually, I can only peruse a magazine if I am sitting in the pedicure chair, because it is hard to turn the pages with my manicurist holding one hand while the other hand is stuffed under a UV light.

But I do get to stare mesmerized by the gold fish in the fish tank!


But you get my drift! Oh, is that an “in the know” term?

Perhaps 40 years ago….see, I am always a day late and a dollar short when it comes to being “hip”.

Ooops another “in the know” term! ๐Ÿ™‚

I think I had better stop while I am ahead….and simply tell you that “little one” gives me a manicure and pedicure about once every 3-4 weeks. 


I call her “little one” because she is not bigger than a minute but she does a really great job on my nails.


Do you, my dear readers enjoy manicures and pedicures as much as I do?

PS, I would show you my pale pink polished toes but believe me….it ain’t pretty! Lets just say I would never make the cut in foot modeling! ๐Ÿ˜‰



Orange Marmalade…..and a Rainbow of Colors!

Orange Marmalade…..and a Rainbow of Colors!

As I sit at my computer, at my kitchen desk…I have the loveliest view of our Pergola and the pink flowers of the mandevilla vines that grow from each of the four posts! 


The view makes me feel happy!

I thought I might share a few pics of flowers in my Secret Garden and around our Casa de la Luna! (or in simple unromantic language…our home! )

Below is one of two orange marmalade firecracker bushes.  Love the orange color!


Below is the red firecracker…..


This beautiful yellow flower growing in tree form is a Plumaria which is the flower used in Hawaiian Leis…So fragrant.


I am sure you all will recognize the purplish blue of the hydrangea! I have to grow it in a large pot.


One can’t live in Paradise without the famous Bird of Paradise….we have the white and the original!


Cannas grow everywhere in Florida!  We have the orange and red.


The Mexican Petunia can be a pest if not controlled….much like spearmint in spreading. The purplish blue flowers grow singly…on long leggy stems.


I particularly love the almost translucent glass like effect of the bougainvillea which comes in white, red, coral, yellow…..etc. This one is more of a coral color.


Inpatients are quite popular in all colors….this is pink although the pic looks a bit fushia.


Geraniums and begonias are abundant….I have them everywhere in the garden.


This bush is called Ixora and the colors are yellow, red and orange and pink.  This one is actually orangish pink. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 


I love the daintiness of the blue daze flower…I grow them in hanging baskets.


This is a bougainvillea tree adorned with pinkish red flowers….banana trees are to the left of this flowering tree.


Crotons are abundant in landscapes…we have two different varieties.  Curly leaf and broad leaf.


Can’t forget the hibiscus…we have them in red, pink, gold, yellow and white!

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When I ran out to take pics this morning, I forgot to take pics of our gardenia tree and our night jasmine…both send wonderful fragrances all through the Secret Garden and the Lanai.  Luv Luv Luv them! The white blossoms of the gardenias are wonderful when place in my hair.

I also didn’t take a pic of the oleander trees that tower over the East side of the Secret Garden…they are a beautiful variegated pink.

Well, my friends….our gardens are a rainbow of colors and I absolutely love each and every one of them.

Remember the tropical rains I spoke of yesterday? well, I have a correction….the rains last about 3 months off and on…so to speak.

But the results make the garden aglow with color!

And my dear readers, how does your garden grow?





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